Resume

KATHERINE MESTOUSIS

k.mestousis@gmail.com  |  www.linkedin.com/in/kmestousis 

Seasoned Public Relations Professional with 12+ years’ experience in communications, marketing and government affairs.

Seeking opportunities in communications, marketing, government relations or international affairs. Willing to relocate.

  Communications & Public Relations   Project Management
  Government Affairs   Writing, Research & Editing
  Strategic Planning   Content Creation
  International Relations   Stakeholder & Vendor Relations
  Program Planning & Execution   Social Media Campaign Development
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

University of Houston-Clear Lake.  Nov ’21 – Present
Marketing Manager
Responsible for the success of marketing and communication projects within cross-functional effort. This includes quality of direction, coordination, implementation, and timely completion of projects in accordance with university mission and goals.

• Developed marketing plans including deadlines, specs, assets, budget, vendor coordination, status updates, approvals and final delivery; and managed day-to-day development and coordination with internal / external teams, and vendors.
• Performed risk assessment analysis to ensure timely project delivery. Based on assessment, developed project plans including assigning project activities to the 9 creative team members, and project scheduling.
• Monitored and evaluated all project activities for compliance with project management methodologies, policies, and procedures. Provided direction and support to project teams and office staff.
• Served as project manager, communicating with clients and key stakeholders to develop project scope, costs, benefits, risk, and schedule; as well as report project progress and financial status to executive team.

Indorama VenturesApr ’21 – Nov ’21
Regional Communications Lead, SAP Project
Oversaw change management communications efforts within the America’s region (US, Mexico, Canada, Brazil) for the implementation of SAP software while working with a diverse, global team located throughout Thailand, India, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, and the United States.

  • Developed and executed a regional communications plan and content marketing strategy reaching approximately 1,500 employees from around the world within 3 business segments.
  • Created messaging, communications collateral, and toolkits catered to internal teams and end-users.
  • Drove key quarterly activities such as change readiness analysis, impact assessments, focus groups, and project progress surveys.
  • Planned, managed, and hosted stakeholder engagement activities such as virtual townhalls and group connects.

CBRE, Inc.  Nov ’18 – Nov ’20
Sr. Marketing Specialist
Served as the project manager and B2B proposal writer supporting sales and new business development needs.

  • Composed approximately 100 marketing pieces annually including proposals, presentations and RFP development for government, and private corporations.
  • Managed entire proposal process from inception to completion while collaborating with internal stakeholders.
  • Developed broker value propositions and created brokerage team and new business marketing materials.
  • Served as the interim Marketing Manager assigning projects and leading a team of 6, during the absence of the department manager.

City of Houston, Houston Health Department.  Oct ’16 – Nov ’18
Marketing Manager and Media Representative
Managed the Project PrIDE marketing campaign and served as a liaison between the Department and external vendors. The Project PrIDE campaign is an HIV education and prevention grant-based project funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and served People of Color and the LGBTQA communities.

  • Served as a strategic lead in crafting the concept for the interim marketing campaign and then co-developed this campaign. This included traditional/non-traditional and digital media buys; special events and community outreach engagements; and more.
  • Project Manager during the 1.5-year Request for Proposal (RFP) procurement process to attain a $2.5 million contract for vendor services as part of CDC grant funding obligations. This includes RFP development while working with multiple City departments, and the Mayor’s Office to expedite vendor contracts.
  • Monitored, analyzed, and interpreted data from 35+ media outlets, with a total reach of more than 65 million.
  • Guided the vendor relationship while serving as project lead over a $2.5 million marketing campaign.
  • Created more than 15 graphic design projects, resulting in the production of more than 30,000 collateral pieces (i.e. brochures, mailers, palm cards, etc.).
  • Designed web pages and developed content while maintaining brand standards.

City of Houston, Houston Public Works (HPW).  Mar ’13 – Oct ’16
Communications Specialist
Served as the communications lead for the Department, Directors Office, ReBuild Houston, and the Houston Bikeways Program.

  • Pitched, implemented and managed a multi-site, strategic plan for social media activities for the Houston Public Works with a combined following of 13,000+.
  • Served as the Project Manager of a monthly Mayor’s Office report detailing 10 – 20 new community engagement activities each month. The report required leading a team of 8 individuals within various Public Works divisions.
  • Represented HPW at community meetings and served as a point of contact at the monthly Super Neighborhoods Alliance meetings which represents the approximately 85 Super Neighborhood Councils throughout Houston.
  • Co-developed a database which served as a means to track all HPW community engagement activities, as well as all correspondence to/from Council and citizens.

American Festival for the Arts (AFA).  Sept ’12 – Feb ‘13
Associate Director of Marketing
Managed communications initiatives including brand management, media relations and social media.

  • Served as web project manager and content contributor to the AFA social media campaign resulting in increased following and engagement among the approximately 4,600 followers.
  • Crafted WACK (Washington Avenue Cares about Kids) fundraising campaign resulting in greater community engagement between more than 90 area businesses/organizations and AFA.
  • Assisted with the grant proposal process including writing, research, and development.

Midtown Management District (MMD).  Aug ‘09 – Sept ‘12
Marketing & Social Media Specialist
Developed public relations and community engagement programs for Midtown property owners and visitors.

  • Served as Project Manager for a $15,000 organizational website redesign. This included strategy, copywriting and vendor management.
  • Collaborated with grant writing team during the application process for the ‘Cultural District’ designation bestowed by the Texas Commission on the Arts.
  • Pitched, developed, and managed the MMD social media campaign which has grown to 22,000+ followers across multiple sites including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and the WordPress blog.
  • Produced multiple community engagement and outreach events with up to 5,000 guests in attendance in an effort to increase community engagement.
  • Point of contact for 300+ area business’, thereby strengthening community relationships and developing a rapport which allowed the MMD to continually enhance the public events calendar.

EDUCATION

University of St. Thomas. Houston TX.  Graduation May ‘19
Master in Liberal Arts – Concentration in International Studies (3.8 GPA).

University of Houston. Houston TX.  Graduated Dec ‘11
Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Public Relations & Advertising specialization); Minor in Art History.


CERTIFICATIONS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Certified Professional Mediator – Basic Mediation (2018)
  • 22 hrs. of accredited Project Management Professional (PMP) coursework (2017)
  • Digital Communications Certification Program – Adobe Creative Suite (2015)

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
  • United Nations Associations (Houston Chapter), Board Member  2017 – 2019
  • Society of International Development 2017 – 2018

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Recipient of study abroad scholarship to study in Taiwan in 2018 while working on Masters program in International Studies.
  • Extensive solo and group travel experience throughout Taiwan, France, Germany, Panama, Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Italy, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and more.
  • Lived abroad in Chios, Greece for approximately 5 years.
  • Lived in Europe for approximately 3.5 months traveling to multiple countries.
  • Participated in a German exchange program in Hanover, Germany during undergraduate studies.

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